Suffolk County News Years Ago

Suffolk County News Years Ago


Jerry Corrado, the Jester in Sayville Musical Workshop’s production of “Once Upon a Mattress,” is the object of Lucille Zimmer’s attention in the makeup room prior to the performance in Sayville High School auditorium in December 1963.


70 Years Ago

December 1948

Plans for a gala Christmas display in Sayville shops and throughout the business district were discussed at a meeting of the executive committee of the Sayville Chamber of Commerce. The group, which met at the home of Warren Beebe, made preliminary suggestions for contacting Santa Claus with the request that he make regular appearances on Main Street during the last two weeks before Christmas. 

The Sayville High School auditorium was crowded to the doors when seniors presented their annual dramatic production, “The Divine Flora.” The cast was well trained by Miss Helen Rodgers and assisted by Miss Vanda Knowles. 

The first meeting of the newly formed Boy Scout troop in Sayville, sponsored by Smith-Wever Post, American Legion, was held in the Legion building. Ernest N. Munkelwitz is chairman of the troop committee. Among the new scouts present were Russell Redlein, Frank Ryder, Emil Polak, Robert Cizek, Jack Edwards, David Demmers, Robert St. Lawrence, Billy Longman and Howard Brown. 

Sayville firefighters were summoned at 6 a.m. to subdue a car fire to a 1949 Mercury convertible sedan owned by Joseph Lechleiter, proprietor of the Lamplighter restaurant on Montauk Highway. The flames were discovered by Max Perry, who was driving past the tavern in a milk delivery truck. The car, parked on the restaurant property, was virtually a complete loss. 

Patricia Munson of 232 Greene Avenue, Sayville, has been selected for the clarinet section of the 50-piece Carleton College concert band, Northfield, Minn. June Vanderborgh of 67 Garfield Avenue was also selected for the flute section of the band.

William Pagels of Greeley Avenue, Sayville, has accepted a position as a chemical engineer at the National Dairy Laboratories in Oakdale.

Carol Dill entertained her scout patrol at a buffet supper at her home on Bayport Avenue in celebration of her birthday. 

Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Howard and son, John, Mrs. Sally Morrill, Robert Brewer and Miss Dana Lull were the dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. George Brewer, of Bayport, on Thanksgiving Day.

The Rev. and Mrs. Theodore Bennett of the Bayport Methodist Church entertained a group of Methodist ministers and their wives at a covered dish luncheon at the parsonage. Those who attended included the Rev. and Mrs. Joseph Bogle of Sayville.

The marriage of Miss May Gertrude Bernard of Smithtown Avenue, Bohemia, and Louis Arthur Hindla, of Tarrytown, took place at St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, Sayville. The maid of honor was Miss Peggy Wahn of Sayville and the best man was John Reichel of Bohemia. 

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Samek have recently moved into their cozy new home on Union Street, Bohemia. 

Barney Stejskal, George Hlavac and Edward Kovanda, all of Bohemia, along with Joseph Winter of Sayville, have been spending a few days upstate on a hunting trip.

William Wood of Idle Hour, Oakdale, with Charles Lewis and John Donnelly of West Sayville, returned from a hunting trip in Rockland County. Their trophies were two deer. 

Mrs. Richard Zegel was hostess to her card club at her home on Rollstone Avenue, West Sayville, on Thursday evening. 

Playing this week at Sayville Theatre: John Wayne in “Red River”; Joan Fontaine and Burt Lancaster in “Kiss the Blood of My Hands”; and Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon in “Julia Misbehaves.”


55 Years Ago

December 1963

Don’t look now, kids, but Santa will be in Sayville throughout the Christmas season in his workshop at the corner of Main Street and Railroad Avenue. Incidentally, a properly proportioned male of the species is sought by the Sayville Chamber of Commerce to play Santa’s role after tomorrow. Anyone interested in the job is urged to contact David Bialer at the Sayville Sports Shop.

The annual community Christmas carol sing, sponsored by the Suffolk County News, will be held in Memorial Park, Sayville, on Friday Dec. 20. Charles Van Schaick, music director of Sayville Schools, will again conduct the traditional sing. All residents of the area are invited. 

The Sayville Musical Workshop’s presentation of “Once Upon a Mattress” is now playing at Sayville High School. Ann Marie Wells, who portrays the role of the Cinderella-like princess, does an outstanding job. So do Trudi Thomas as the overbearing queen, Herman van Kleef as the prince, and Ann Webster, whose lovely voice enhances the score of Mary Rodgers. 

Ronald Schwizer and Susan Vanik have been chosen as the December students of the month at James Wilson Young High School. Miss Vanik takes part in many activities throughout the high school, including Dramatic Club, General Organization, and is a copy editor of the Daemon. Mr. Schwizer is a member of the Dramatic Club and Biology Club. 

Lt. Col. and Mrs. Edward L. Scheiber of Bay Avenue, Bayport, returned from a month’s vacation in Florida. Their daughter, Miss Linda, who is employed in Rochester, arrived to spend the holiday weekend with her parents.

Playing this week at Sayville Theatre: Troy Donohue and Connie Stevens in “Palm Springs Weekend”; and Debbie Reynolds and Barry Nelson in “Mary, Mary.”